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"Punctuated by clever dialogue and crisp social critiques, Barbash's incisive, funny, and poignant portrait of talented people and a city in flux illuminates the risks of celebrity and the struggle to become one's true self."--Booklist (starred review)

"A beautiful, evocative novel of family devotion, celebrity, downfall, and survival, framed by the political and cultural upheavals of America on the cusp of a new decade. Irresistibly tender."--Library Journal

"A keen and understated examination of how the vagaries of celebrity life impinge on a father-son relationship."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"In this family saga set in 1980 in New York City's Dakota building, a young man tries to help his father revive his TV career while mingling with famous folks like John Lennon."--USA Today

"Suffused with warm memories of punk clubs, the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team, young romance, and the A-list residents at the storied Dakota apartments.... Pleasurably endearing for anybody with a soft spot for pop culture, Annie Hall-era Manhattan, and 20-somethingdom at its most freewheeling.--Kirkus Reviews

"Arresting.... Barbash has vividly captured the end times feeling of this period in America and has populated his sad and funny tale with a highly engaging mix of real people and fictional characters.... Barbash has sprinkled 'The Dakota Winters' with Beatle dust. Lennon is alive in its pages."--New York Times Book Review

"Set in Manhattan in the late 1970s, this charming coming-of-age tale is sure to be catnip for pop-culture mavens.... Gossipy, nostalgic gold."--People

"The Dakota Winters is deft, funny, touching, and sharply observed, a marvel of tone, and a skillful evocation of a dark passage in the history of New York City, when all the fearful ironies of the world we live in now first came stalking into view."--Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow

"A crazily charming novel--and a reminder that charm can be a profound literary value. I wanted to begin a new life... with these characters. I wanted to trade worlds with them...A wise and seductive story that feels truer than true, as only the very finest fiction does."--Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air

"Excellent.... At its heart, this is a story about family bonds and a pivotal time in New York."--Rolling Stone

"Seamlessly mingling historical figures with invented ones, Tom Barbash conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City: the site of his subtly captivating paean to filial love."--Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach

"Thoughtful and entertaining...A thought-provoking time capsule... If you were a fan of TV's Mad Men--specific to a time and place but universal in its exploration of the themes of identity and human vulnerability--you might very well love this novel as much as I did."--Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

About the Author

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel, The Last Good Chance, which was was awarded the California Book Award, and the short story collection Stay Up With Me, which was a national bestseller and was nominated for the Folio Prize. His nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney's, VQR, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and currently lives in Marin County.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ecco Press (24 September 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062258214
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062258212
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